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Prostitution bill clears first legislative hurdle

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal that would modernize New Mexico law to allow prosecutors to charge people who run online prostitution websites cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday. The push to crackdown on prostitution rings based in cyberspace stems from a case in which two aging college professors were accused of helping run [&hellip...

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$2.6M sought to replace nonworking tissue digester

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are proposing a $2.6 million solution to a problem involving disposal of diseased animal carcasses. The Agriculture Department has a tissue digester, an $800,000 machine that’s like a huge pressure...

NM lawmakers: Water is critical issue this session

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bipartisan group of New Mexico legislators announced Tuesday that they have introduced a series of bills aimed at tackling what they consider to be a looming crisis as the state grapples with a persistent drought, dwindling water...

New Mexico House panel OKs health exchange plan

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers pushed ahead Tuesday with a proposal to establish a state-run health insurance exchange, despite objections from the insurance industry and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. The House Health, Government and Indian...

2 more sentenced in Columbus gun ring

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The sister and a cousin of former Columbus village trustee Blas “Woody” Gutierrez have been sentenced for their roles in a border gun smuggling ring that authorities say was led by Gutierrez. The Albuquerque Journal...

Santa Fe girl accused of taking BB gun to school

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police want to arrest a 15-year-old high school student who can’t be located since she was suspended for allegedly taking a BB gun to school and displaying it in a threatening manner to two other students. Police say the...

Lawmakers, governor at odds over revenue outlook

February 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration are at odds over the state’s revenue outlook. The Department of Finance and Administration reported Monday that there’s no...

Lawmakers propose changing film and TV subsidies

February 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are working on a compromise proposal to sweeten a tax subsidy in hopes of drawing more television projects to the state. A House committee on Monday postponed consideration of a film industry measure after a...

Man gets 51 months in prison for NM bank robbery

February 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man who used a toy gun during a bank robbery has been sentenced to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced Claudio Morales Medrano’s sentence Monday....

Helicopter with NM game officer goes down in NM

February 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three people suffered bumps and bruises when their helicopter made a hard landing in northern New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains. Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Lynn says an officer with the state Game and Fish Department,...